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Vermont Senate approves 'reproductive liberty' amendment

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate gave its final approval Friday to a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect a woman’s right to an abortion and other reproductive services. The proposal, a declaration of the “right to personal reproductive liberty,” will now be sent...

Lawmaker seeks to end Louisiana's 'slavery exception' clause

Apr. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana lawmaker has put forward legislation to amend the state’s Constitution to abolish forced labor as punishment for those convicted of a crime. Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Brusly, said Wednesday that language effectively protecting the...

High court won't block Mississippi school disparity lawsuit

Apr. 08, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will not get involved, for now, in a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly Black and predominantly white schools. Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state...

Top Missouri lawmaker OK not paying for Medicaid expansion

Apr. 08, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's top Republican state senator on Thursday said he doesn't want lawmakers to pay for government health care for thousands of newly eligible low-income adults. Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend...

Supreme Court to hear recreational marijuana case this month

Apr. 08, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana this spring. The justices will hear oral arguments in a challenge to the amendment on April 28 at the state...

Today in History

Apr. 08, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 8, the 98th day of 2021. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S....

State House advances 2-year child sex abuse lawsuit window

Apr. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House approved a bill Wednesday to establish a two-year window for civil claims over childhood sexual abuse, part of a belt-and-suspenders approach that also includes a potential constitutional amendment. The proposal was sent to...

Vote signals support for child sex abuse window in bill form

Apr. 06, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House of Representatives showed solid support Tuesday for enacting a two-year lawsuit window for child victims of sexual abuse as a regular bill, two weeks after the Legislature gave its first round of approval to a similar constitutional amendment. ...

Idaho Legislature has big to-do list after COVID-19 break

Apr. 05, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A huge income tax cut and rebate, legislation to limit the governor’s authority during emergencies, and a proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to call themselves back into session all remain on the Legislature’s to-do list when it reconvenes Tuesday....

Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader

Apr. 05, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law allowing him to potentially hold onto power until 2036, a move that formalizes constitutional changes endorsed in a vote last year. The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that reset...